Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t It Taken Off?

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Charlie Kindel, who worked on developing Windows Phone, on why it hasn’t gained any sales traction:

Thus both of those sides of the market are reluctant. Especially the carriers, but also the device manufacturers. Remember that end users are highly influenced by advertising and RSPs. Carriers own the marketing money and spend billions a year. The money is provided by the other sides of the market: OS providers & device manufactures, but the carriers get to spend it; they are the aggregation point where the money actually gets spent. The carriers choose what devices get featured on those TV ads. They also choose what devices to train their RSP (retail sales professionals) to push. They choose to incent the RSPs to push one device over another.

This is why, despite being a superior PRODUCT to Android, Windows Phone has not sold as well. Spending marketing dollars on advertising Android devices is and easy decision for the carriers. Pushing RSPs to push Android is easy.

I still have yet to meet an Android owner who walked into a Verizon/AT&T/Sprint store with the intention of buying an Android phone. Most that I’ve talked to walked in wanting an iPhone and were talked into buying Android instead. Good to know the incentives behind that sales push.

How to Build Your Email List With MailChimp and Chimpadeedoo

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I’ve long been a huge fan of MailChimp, and use it for both our own newsletters as well as managing clients’ email marketing activities. One of my favorite features is Chimpadeedoo, MailChimp’s iPad app for collecting sign-ups anywhere. takes a look at Chimpadeedoo and how you can use it for your own business.

If you’re still using Constant Contact and taking sign-ups via pen and paper or business cards, you need to take a look at MailChimp and Chimpadeedoo.

Misconceptions about iOS Multitasking

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Frasier Speirs on the commonly-misunderstood way in which iPhones and iPads handle multitasking:

Let me be as clear as I can be: the iOS multitasking bar does not contain “a list of all running apps”. It contains “a list of recently used apps”. The user never has to manage background tasks on iOS.

He goes on to give an excellent breakdown of how iOS manages apps and memory. I’ve also heard from clients that the Apple Store’s Genius Bar told them to manually quit apps to make their iPhone run faster.

Bottom line: this is complete nonsense which should be ignored.

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